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The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to welcome Dr. Will R. Gutekunst, who will join the faculty on July 1, 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

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The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to welcome Dr. Henry S. La Pierre, who will join the faculty on July 1, 2016 as an Assistant Professor with a courtesy appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Program.

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Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
Luo, Ming; Ruditskiy, Aleksey; Peng, Hsin-Chieh; Tao, Jing; Figueroa-Cosme, Legna; He, Zhike; Xia, Younan.
Advanced Functional Materials (2016), Vol. 26(8), 1209-1216
Miscellaneous Details
This work was supported in part by a research grant from NSF (DMR-1506018) and startup funds from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The use of seed-mediated growth as a versatile approach to the synthesis of penta-twinned Cu nanorods with uniform diameters and controllable aspect ratios is reported. The success of this approach relies on our recent synthesis of uniform Pd decahedra, with sizes in the range of 6-20 nm. The Pd decahedral seeds can direct the heterogeneous nucleation and growth of Cu along the fivefold axis to produce nanorods with uniform diameters defined by the lateral dimension of the original seeds. Due to a large mismatch in the lattice constants between Cu and Pd (7.1%), the deposited Cu is forced to grow along one side of the Pd decahedral seed, generating a nanorod with an asymmetric distribution of Cu, with the Pd seed situated at one of the two ends. According to extinction spectra, the as-obtained Cu nanorods can be stored in water under the ambient conditions for at least six months without noticeable degradation. This excellent stability allows us to systematically investigate the size-dependent surface plasmon resonance properties of the penta-twinned Cu nanorods. With the nanorod transverse modes positioned at 560 nm, the longitudinal modes can be readily tuned from the visible to the near-infrared region by controlling the aspect ratio.

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